Have you resisted the calls from friends, family, and co-workers to finally get a hearing aid? Are you thinking that your hearing loss isn’t that severe at the moment and getting a hearing aid isn’t worth it?
If your hearing keeps getting worse, it could cost you up to $30,000 each year, even if you think that it’s fine for now. Going without part of your hearing means you could miss significant work or medical information and opportunities, and you may end up injuring yourself physically, as well.
Lost opportunities and unemployment
If you can’t hear everything you need to, it will ultimately effect your performance at work. You could get passed up for future projects because you couldn’t follow instructions on past work, or your relationship with co-workers may have deteriorated because you couldn’t hear them. You could wind up being overlooked by people at all levels if you become socially isolated at work. You might not be able to reach your max earning potential as these little things add up over time. Research conducted by the Better Hearing Institute discovered that individuals with untreated hearing loss earned, on average, $20,000 less a year than those who dealt with their hearing loss.
Unemployment rates are also higher for people with neglected hearing loss, according to another study. A neglected severe hearing loss translates into a 15 percent higher risk of being unemployed. Not getting treatment, consequently, might cost you a lot of money as the years go on.
Falls will cost you even more in medical expenses
You’ll have a higher chance of having a fall if you have untreated hearing loss which can deal you another financial blow. One study discovered that even those with slight untreated hearing loss increase their danger of falling by 300 percent. Additionally, for every 10 dB increase in hearing impairment, there is a 1.4-fold increase in falls. The researchers speculated that there could be a connection between the degree of hearing loss and effects on the vestibular system, which controls balance, or that people with more profound impairment just became more wrapped up in compensating for the loss than focusing on particular physical dangers. And obviously, those falls lead to more medical expenses, and thus more cash out of your pocket.
Worse health consequences
But that’s not all. You could be missing some of the guidance from your doctor if you have untreated hearing loss. When it involves your health, you could have worse results if you miss information and that can produce increased health costs. A huge financial gap will be the result. Over time, considerably higher medical expenses will result from neglected hearing loss according to numerous studies. One study noted the average increase was more than $20,000 over a ten year period and that these individuals were 40% more likely to go to the emergency room. A more recent study from the University of South Carolina suggested that untreated hearing loss resulted in a 33% increase in healthcare expenses over an 18 month period.
Another study from Johns Hopkins University indicated that individuals with untreated moderate to profound hearing loss had a considerably higher chance of death.
So it’s time for a hearing exam if you want to protect yourself financially and physically. Depending on the results of that test, you may have to get hearing aids. If you do, you’ll likely be fairly surprised. Hearing aids nowadays are state-of-the-art, very comfortable to wear, and sound clear. Make your overall life better by taking advantage of this wonderful technology.
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